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MICE/RAT INFESTATION SIGHNS


As temperatures begin to drop, rodents are looking for a warm place to nest for the winter. Here are the top signs you may have mice in your house


Rodent Droppings.

The first thing you look for are droppings. Rats are known to have up to sixty droppings daily and are slightly larger than that of a mouse, which has about fifty droppings a day.Droppings may be found in places where food is stored .if you notice their small brown-black droppings.Check in the corners ,in closets, drawers,kitchen  cabinets, and baseboards, in cupboards or under the sink.along walls, or on top of wall studs or beams.in storage areas such as sheds, barns, or cabins loaded with boxes, bags, old furniture, and other objects as they make an ideal home for rodents

Squeaks and other noises in the walls and attic area .
Light shuffling and scurrying sounds in ceiling and wall voids are signs of mouse or rat in your home. As many rodent species are nocturnal, an infestation in an attic may be most obvious from the sounds coming from attic areas at night as mice and rats will run, climb, scratch and gnaw on beams and wiring while using insulation in these areas as an ideal nesting material. Depending on the size of the individual rodent, noises made in these areas can be quite loud and unsettling.

Runways where the rodents exit and enter the home.



All rodents leave tracks including foot and tail marks which can be seen on dusty or soiled surfaces. Mice and rats can also leave rub marks along frequently traveled walls, pipes and rafters as a result of oil and dirt rubbing off their fur

Urine pools or trails.




Rodents are notorious for having weak bladders, and they'll dribble all over the place. House mice sometimes make things called "urinating pillars," which are small mounds consisting of grease, dirt, and yes, urine. Sometimes you'll see tiny drops of urine leading to a mound,


Rodent Nest.
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Mice tend to make their nests of soft materials that provide warmth and a comfortable den for their babies to grow.Rodents prefer to build their nests out of materials that are soft, fuzzy, or warm. Common rodent nest materials may include shredded paper, bunches of dry grass or small twigs, fabric, and furniture stuffing and batting Rodents nest in quiet areas near food and water where they can find safety from predators. Inside buildings, ideal places to look are:
  • inside cabinets
  • under or inside dressers
  • in and among boxes
  • behind and inside machinery and appliances
  • inside upholstered furniture
  • inside double walls or the space between floors and ceilings 
Evidence of Gnawing and nibbling.


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Rodents will nibble into anything they can smell, including boxes and bags of pasta, rice, beans, and grain products. Dog food bags are also prime-time rodent magnets, and especially so for rats, who like the meaty smell as much as canines do.They'll pretty much chew on whatever suits them. This includes electrical wire, which, as noted in Electrical Fires, makes them a leading cause of structural fires. On wood, newer gnaws are light colored. They turn darker with age. Sometimes you won't see gnaw marks, but you'll see what looks like fine wood chips or coarse sawdust, especially along baseboards, door and window frames, and cabinets.



You Notice an Odd Musky Smell.
In closed-up rooms infested by rodents, you will commonly smell an unusual, musky odor.  This odor is the hallmark of the common house mouse and to the trained nose, the odor is unmistakable.



You See a Mouse in Your House.
All species of rodents generally prefer to keep to themselves and avoid humans completely. If you have mice or rats, unless the infestation is large, you may never see one at all.  It is fair to assume that if you have seen a mouse in your house, the infestation is well underway at it is time to call a professional for help.



Pet excitement.
If your cat or cat is acting a bit nuts  especially around a possible mouse hiding area, chances are good a critter has been there or is still there.




Rats and mice carry so many health related problems they should never be ignored.

ideal pest control offers first class rodent control using the following process.

1) Thoroughly inspect the premises to determine what the food sources may be. Determine the entry points and travel routes

2) Consult with customer regarding corrective measures to discourage rodents and methods of immediate control.

3) Apply appropriate control using bait or traps, depending on the conditions.

4) Schedule future service calls if required.


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